Henry Cornelius: I was diagnosed August 13th, 2021 with Gleason 9, PSA 42, prostate cancer.
Porter Freeman: Being in law enforcement, the Gleason scale, a one would be like jaywalking, and 10 is a double homicide.
Bennie Johnson, Jr: In 2005, Dr. Green diagnosed me with the prostate cancer. He asked me at that particular time whether or not I wanted to be treated or we wanted to let it go to see how fast it grows or whatever. But I told him, "No, I'll take the five years and we'll see what happen." 2010, I went to the cancer center, well right then, the radiology and they told me that I had the cancer and I was going to have to be treated.
Brad Goverman: I was not shocked at the diagnosis. I was mentally prepared for it given my family history, and following my PSA levels.
Richard Lasus: I had a family history, so I had my PSA check on an annual basis. It had run in the two to four range for a number of years, had gone up to six.
Malcolm McKay: Father, grandfather, brother, my dad's brother, many people have had prostate cancer.
Rickey Lee: Once I got diagnosed with it, I was scared because I had never had a surgery before in my life. I didn't know what cancer was. I've heard of it, but I didn't think it'll come to me, and it scared me to death.
John Burke: The original number that excited the doctor to have me recheck it was a 5.1. After 90 days it had gone to 5.7.
Ken Ma: I was scored a Gleason 5+4, and when I understood what that meant, it was a very big shock.
Doug Kroc: My PSA number was sky high. It was off the charts.
Michael Salvadore, Jr: He said to me, "Your PSA is 66." I was pretty ignorant then about what PSA meant. And I asked him, "Well, what does that mean?" And he said, "Well, anything over four is likely, and he drops the word, bam."
Phillip Lavender: That reality set in on me and I was just hearing the word C, kind of freaked me out in a sense because I didn't know what was going on. I would diagnose stage 1 prostate cancer.
John Burke: I waited to get advice from what was my primary care physician. He immediately saw that, and brought me in for a consultation, and we discussed what the numbers meant.
Mark McLain: I was just all wanting to hear what he had to say and I realized, "Boy, I know nothing about what he's talking about."
Joseph Samulenas: I had no idea where to go, what doctors were good, what facilities were good.
Rickey Lee: I didn't know how to feel. I didn't know which way to go. I was trying to take the journey by myself, and that was the wrong way.
Michael Salvadore, Jr: Since then, I've been on what I consider to be a great journey.